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Iranian diplomat arrested over attempt to smuggle terror suspects out of Kenya

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Iranian Sayed Mansour Mousavi (L) and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed after being sentenced to life in prison on terror-related charges

The Iranian ambassador to Kenya has reportedly been arrested over a plot to free two terror suspects from police custody.

Ambassador Hadi Farajvand had been looking for high-level contacts in government to help him to illegally secure the release of Iranian nationals Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi and smuggle them out of Kenya, news reports quoted police sources as saying.

The suspects are believed to be members of the Quds Force — an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

On Friday, two other suspects Wesley Kiptanui Kipkemoi and Shemgrant Agyei were arrested on Friday for allegedly defrauding Farajvand of an unknown amount of money after introducing themselves as senior Interior ministry officials who could secure the release of Iranian suspects, who are in police custody pending a decision by the Supreme Court on whether to release them or not.

Kipkemoi and Agyei were held in police custody after being questioned by detectives of Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI). They are likely to be taken to court on Monday, news reports mentioned.

Last Modified: Sunday، 24 February 2019 11:38 AM